For more than 30 years, the Atlanta Jewish Community has partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) to collect food at area synagogues, day schools, and preschools during the High Holidays for Operation Isaiah. In 2017, JF&CS partnered with ACFB, sorting and bringing large amounts of Kosher food to fill our pantry. The Kosher food donated through Operation Isaiah provided thousands of pounds of food and secured meals for much of the year. Because of COVID, ACFB did not sponsor a food drive last year and will not collect food this year either.
JF&CS is excited to partner with Solidarity Sandy Springs to give the Jewish community an opportunity to donate food this year to help increase food security in the Jewish community and in the broader communities surrounding the two pantries.
Operation Isaiah invites those who wish to donate food or funds for those in need to do so during the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Many Jewish people fast for a day during Yom Kippur, and the food they would normally eat during this time, they would donate. While observers of the holiday fast by choice, many people in the community do not have that choice and must go without food daily. Operation Isaiah grew from the desire to help those who do not have enough food.
Despite the challenges associated with collecting food during the pandemic, the Jewish community is eager to help those without food. Jennifer Weissman, Kosher Food Pantry Manager at JF&CS, received multiple calls from people in the community asking about how they could donate or contribute food this year. Solidarity Sandy Springs, founded by Jennifer Barnes in response to growing food insecurity due to COVID, also received similar calls.
These phone calls from interested people in the community led JF&CS and Solidarity Sandy Springs to join forces and host a food collection drive – they realized that together, they could do more.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Solidarity Sandy Springs for Operation Isaiah this year. They’ve been such an important resource to the community during COVID and we know that together we can collect and distribute even more food to feed the community,” shares Weissman.
The COVID pandemic has greatly increased food insecurity in our community, and our Kosher Food Pantry remains busier than ever. We need your help to continue to feed those most in need!
Please join us by supporting JF&CS and Solidarity Sandy Springs in feeding the hungry!
- Attending services in person? Bring non-perishable food donations to your synagogue throughout the High Holidays.
- Staying home this year? Bring your non-perishable food donations to JF&CS or Solidarity Sandy Springs.
- Want to skip shopping? Donate funds online here.
Donated food does not have to be Kosher. No glass containers, please.
Food and funding collected will be shared by JF&CS and Solidarity Sandy Springs to feed the communities we serve.
To learn more about how you can support JF&CS and Solidarity Sandy Springs in feeding the hungry, visit https://jfcsatl.org/food-drive
4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338
Solidarity Sandy Springs
5920 Roswell Road C-212, Sandy Springs, GA 3034
This post has been contributed by a third party. The opinions, facts and any media content are presented solely by the author, and Atlanta Jewish Connector assumes no responsibility for them. Want to add your voice to the conversation? Publish your own post here.